Month: September 2012

Rainbow Magic Fairy Books: Get Girls Reading!

My six year old daughter (a strong reader) is absolutely addicted to the Rainbow Magic Fairy chapter books from Scholastic. They have been her exclusive library selections for the past year, and she has reread the titles she owns multiple times. As a teacher, I see firsthand that series are a great way to motivate […] Read more…

How Much Do You Know About Your Insurance?

When I was presented with the challenge of answering some questions about insurance, I was pretty confident. Having worked for an insurance company throughout university, I figured I would know a lot. I processed thousands of new homeowner policies, and typed countless descriptions for scheduled items. While the motorboats and furs didn’t interest me much, it’s always helpful […] Read more…

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau: The Momterview

Update: Sophie and Justin are expecting their third child in March 2014. You may know Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau as the wife of Liberal  MP (and son of former Prime Minister Pierre) Justin Trudeau. Perhaps you recognize her from her onscreen gig as Quebec correspondent for CTV’s eTalk. My image of Sophie is based on her tireless philanthropic work, including her […] Read more…

How To Save an iPod That’s Been Through the Washing Machine

Let’s cut to the chase here: an iPod went through the laundry at the Winn house just recently, unnoticed until the wet clothes were pulled out of the washing machine. Whose was it? Now that doesn’t really matter, does it? I didn’t even try to turn it on, which is VERY important (I know this because I have looked up the […] Read more…

Yeah, I’m In the Right Job

It was Friday afternoon at 3:05. My students had their planners done, chairs up and were more than ready for the weekend. We still had a few minutes to kill before the bell, so I called them to their special spots on the carpet, sat down in my rocking chair and cracked open Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. […] Read more…

Dr. Marla & Friends Premieres Sept 24 on CTV News Channel

As a fan of Dr. Marla (I always have a soft spot for my Momterview subjects, and was excited to meet her in person on the set of Canada AM this summer) I’m pleased to share this recent release from CTV News: ******************** CTV News announced today the launch of DR. MARLA and FRIENDS, a new, […] Read more…

Our Backyard Reno (Pool and Deck) Phase Three

Perhaps you’ve been along for the ride as I’ve shared Phase One and Phase Two of our backyard reno: the deck extension and addition, the above-ground-decked-to-look-in-ground pool, the hot tub, and all related details. In the final (for now) instalment of this series, I bring you this year’s finishing touches for our huge venture. You may […] Read more…

My Top 5 “New Year’s” Blogging Resolutions

In June, I decided I was going to quit the blog. And my book club. Maybe even cut off all friendships, sell my house and quit my job. Teachers should not make major life decisions in the month of June. Thankfully with the mind-clearing holidays behind me, I have the perspective (and rest) needed to […] Read more…

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